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'Son of Sal' convicted of killing New York shopkeepers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:06

Booking photo of Salvatore PerroneA New York clothing salesman known as the "Son of Sal" serial killer was convicted on Wednesday of three counts of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of three shopkeepers in Brooklyn, prosecutors said. Salvatore Perrone, 67, faces a maximum prison sentence of 75 years to life for the killings of Mohamed Gebeli, 65, Isaac Kadare, 59, and Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78, who were shot from July to November 2012. Perrone has maintained he was framed by a business associate.


Man killed in Alaska police shooting was lawmaker's nephew

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:03
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A volunteer fire official who died in an officer-involved shooting in a northern Alaska community was the nephew of a state lawmaker.

Man who spent 30 years in prison is freed pending new trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:01

Beverly Garrant, mother of George Perrot, cries Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Superior Court in New Bedford, Mas., after Judge Robert Kane ordered her son's release from prison. Kane granted Perrot, who spent three decades in prison, a new trial last month, citing flawed FBI testimony about microscopic hair analysis. (AP Photo/Denise Lavoie)NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A man who spent three decades in prison for a rape conviction based in part on one strand of hair was freed Wednesday after a judge said he is "reasonably sure" the man is innocent and believes prosecutors cannot win a conviction at a retrial.


Judge denies request to dismiss count in Islamic State case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:00
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge presiding over the case of five men accused of plotting to join the Islamic State group says he won't dismiss the most serious charge against them.

Brother: Right-to-die advocate Christy O'Donnell dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:53

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2015 file photo, Elizabeth Wallner, left, and Christy O'Donnell, who both have terminal cancer, celebrate after lawmakers advanced right-to-die legislation they support, at the Capitol in Sacramento,Calif. O'Donnell, the single mother with lung cancer who became a prominent figure in the California right-to-die debate, has died. She was 47. Her brother Jay Watts said in a Facebook posting Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, that O'Donnell died Saturday, Feb. 6.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Christy O'Donnell, a single mother with lung cancer who became a prominent figure in the California right-to-die debate, has died. She was 47.


New Oklahoma prisons chief: Facilities crumbling, morale low

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:52

Joe Allbaugh, interim director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, sits in his office in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. A longtime GOP political operative who previously headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Allbaugh now has the task of leading Oklahoma's overcrowded and underfunded prison system, which has come under scrutiny after problematic executions. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A longtime Republican political operative who previously headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency now has the daunting task of leading Oklahoma's overcrowded and underfunded prison system, which has come under increasing scrutiny after a series of problematic executions.


Slain teen's father says he found out about her death on TV

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:42

Tammy Weeks, left, mother of Nicole Lovell leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in Christiansburg, Va. David Eisenhauer, is charged with kidnapping and killing Lovell, who survived a liver transplant and other health scares only to have her life ended after apparently climbing out her bedroom window last week. (Jacob Demmitt/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDITRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The father of a 13-year-old girl who police say was slain by a Virginia Tech student said he found out about his daughter's death on TV, and questioned whether the tragedy could have been avoided if he had been more a part of her life.


Two sheriff's deputies killed, suspect dead in Maryland shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:41
A deputy who responded to a disturbance report at a Panera Bread restaurant in Abingdon, about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore, was shot inside the building, said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler. At least two other deputies fired rounds at the suspect, identified as David Brian Evans, a 67-year-old white man, Gahler said. "Today is a sad day for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, and the citizens of Harford County we are sworn to serve," Gahler said.

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane survives vote to remove her from office

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:38

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane survives vote to remove her from officePennsylvania's embattled attorney general survived a Senate vote to remove her from office on Wednesday as all but one of her fellow Democrats stood by her, defeating a resolution that said her lack of a valid law license had rendered her unable to perform her official duties.


Appeals court tosses order blocking Mississippi executions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:37
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An appeals court Wednesday upheld Mississippi's method of lethal injection, rejecting arguments from death row inmates who opposed the state's plan to use drugs not specifically approved by state law.

Officers justified in deadly police-involved shooting in Chester, D.A. says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:36

Officers justified in deadly police-involved shooting in Chester, D.A. saysThe Delaware County District Attorney has released the results of a preliminary investigation into Monday's deadly police-involved shooting in Chester.


The Latest: Man in Alaska shooting was lawmaker's nephew

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:34
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a police-involved death in a northern Alaska town (all times local):

Texas attorney general faces ethics probe over gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:26

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a hearing in Austin, Texas. Already indicted on felony securities fraud charges, Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Already indicted on felony securities fraud charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds.


Man arrested in decapitation of his grandmother, her husband

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:26

This February 2016 booking photo provided by the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office shows Quinton Dashawn Laster. The 20-year-old was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, after police found the decapitated bodies of his grandmother, Sharon Reed, 59, and her husband, James Earl Reed, 78, in their Oklahoma City home. (Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office via AP)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man was arrested in the shooting and decapitation of his grandmother and her husband at an Oklahoma City home where they operated a day care, police said Wednesday.


Study finds Zika virus in fetal brain, a clue in outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:22

 'The Global Zika Epidemic.' (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — New details about the possible effects of the Zika virus on the fetal brain emerged Wednesday as U.S. health officials say mosquito eradication here and abroad is key to protect pregnant women until they can develop a vaccine.


ACLU issues critical report on Washington town's police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:17
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington on Wednesday issued a critical report on the Pasco Police Department, contending officers lack critical training, services for Spanish speakers are inadequate and the community doesn't have any meaningful input into police practices.

What We Know: Government sues Ferguson over reform agreement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:13
The Justice Department has filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown. The suit is in response to Ferguson's request to change an agreement that would reform the city's police and court systems. Here's what we know about the request and what happens next.

The Latest: Ex-priest told a fellow priest about killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:08
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the arrest in Arizona of a former priest in the 1960 killing of a Texas schoolteacher (all times local):

BMW issues recall for vehicles with Takata air bags

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:07

BMW issues recall for vehicles with Takata air bagsVolkswagen, Audi and BMW are recalling nearly 1.7 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators that can rupture and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers.


NJ teen involved in 'knockout game' Facebook video turns himself in to police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 07:03

NJ teen involved in 'knockout game' Facebook video turns himself in to policeA teen who was involved in a violent attack posted to social media has turned himself into police.